Weekly Photo Challenge: Riva Through My Eyes (Italy)

The Weekly Photo Challenge is to show you through a photo what my eye sees!

The World Through Your Eyes.

Walking in Riva del Garda (TN) Italy,  yesterday, hot but with a breeze off the lake, I was going to the library and in front of the library, there are two fountains.  This one I like very much…it always looks so refreshing!  But, there was also something else that caught my eye!

The Fountain_2Fountain

I wanted to show the fountain with the water bubbling up in a straight line…

Fountain_3And then, get a closer look at the clowns in yellow!


Have a great evening…until tomorrow!

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Photo Challenge: Trial 4 – Curves around the house

The Weekly Photo Challenge – Curves

Just a few snapshots from around the house can fill the challenge if we’re looking for curves!

EntranceStaircaseI needed a light for my mirror…too dark to do my hair, so hubby made me this!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis plant is nearly 14 years old…but going strong! Oh, I like to put statuettes in my plant vases.

my plantI made this tree for my little bonzai zen garden from twisted copper, the rake my husband made for me, the statuette is an mini african fertility goddess…the base and the sand I bought, but the rocks we found.  The prayer bowl was a gift from my sister.

My Zen Garden

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Photo Chronicle -1387 Padova: The Blades of the Count

Croniche CarraresiLast week-end at this very hour I was in Padova, getting ready to go to The Arena Gardens in Padova for the second day running!  I was fortunate enough to have some contacts through the fencing club:  The “ Lame del Conte ” a medieval club dedicated to the preservation of the historical accuracy of fencing techniques from the 14th – 15th century (the link will take you to their site where you can see some interesting photos, it’s in Italian though, they can also be found on the Facebook). They also re-create scenes from that historical period, unfortunately here in Padova this was not possible…must I then go to Bolzano in August to see them at their best?

My son has been one of the 31 members of the club for the last year, but this is the first time I went to see one of their re-enactments.  In the winter they learn and practice fencing skills from the 14th – 15th century; their uniforms, arms and clothes are recreated after meticulous research which has been done through museums and other places in order to be as authentic as possible. They auto-finance themselves through their summer re-enactments (the tents, tables, weapons, and transportation) and the individual members furnish their own costumes and sometimes arms.

There is quite a history behind this club, which has been in existence since 2009, but many of the members have come from former clubs and have been practicing their passion for many years.

I’ll try to put together for you in English a special piece dedicated to this club in the near future, but for now, we’ll let the photos, the thousand words, speak for us. So, for you ladies and gentlemen:  The Blades of the Count in Padova!

Making Camp_tentsMaking CampArmsLances and PikesThe Camp is ready now we step back in time:

BeforeAfterDressing in Armor

getting dressedMomo!ArmoredBattle soonThe wine stall:

Mulled WineSelling WineFrom FacebookBefore the Parade:

In the treesThe Parade:


Parade_2Parade_3 Vec!Parade_4A pretty SmileFalconersSurfsFire breathers

Back at the camp the minstrels sang and the jesters jested and then that night (unfortunately at 11:00) there was the battle!minstrelsJestersThe Night Battle:

Battle_scene 1Battle Scene 2Battle scene 3A

The re-evocation was much more than the life of one group.  There were several different clubs present from all over Italy.  There were the entertainers, the shop keepers, as well as demonstrations of how to make candles and paper; not to speak of one the most wonderful sandwiches I’ve ever eaten made with a sort of chapatis made right on the spot in a wood fired oven, home-brewed beer and as dessert a pastry made with a filling of nuts and honey!

I have so very many more photos (and memories) but they’ll have to be published sometime in the future. I think I’ll have to make a gallery for you to see just the best of them!  Until then, have a pleasant Sunday!

Sunday Walk: Going to the History Dept in Padova

On Monday I went with Momo, one of my son’s classmates to the History Department’s Library, where I passed the afternoon writing “Grace’s Cove”.  Instead of taking me by the normal route via The Theatre into Piazza delle Erbe and then in front of the Duomo  then right (Via Vescovado) to the street were we’d find the History Department…we took some back streets…this is our walk.

PizzeriaPadova is full of Portici, covered walkways in this case we find a Pizzeria, closed of course!

Turn Left hereHere we turned left which took us to one of the four roman bridges of Padova.

One of four Roman BridgesThe view from the BridgeWe then went to our right and down a back alley:

Down a back alleyWhich took us along yet another portici, with an interesting ceiling and the the back of the Duomo:

interesting ceilingBehind the DuomoWell, we both needed a little money so, as we passed along yet another portici beside the Duomo we went to an ATM:

From the ATMThe Duomo looks better from the back rather than the front, at least in my opinion:

Il DuomoWe passed in front of the Duomo and then turned right, I forgot to take a picture of the shop at the beginning of the street, here you could have bought some interesting vestments if you are a Catholic preist!

Nearing the History Dept.The next picture is a little further up this street, to the left is the Tana del Lupolo, which I showed you yesterday:

Due PorticiAt the end of the Portici where we found the Tana del Lupolo (where our history students take their coffee break by the way, is the entrance to the History Dept:

History DepartmentLibrary to the rightThe Library is to your right, but we went into the court-yard to wait for my son to finish his lesson.  Here I also took some photos from the back garden of the Duomo, or The Vescovado:

History StudentsGatesCourt yardMy son finished his lesson and we all went for a coffee break before going to the library…where we stayed for the following 4 hours!

Tana del Lupolo

Hope you enjoyed your Sunday Walk through the back streets of Padova!  See you next week. (This will also be tagged with the Weekly Photo Challenge…so many curves!)

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Trial 2 – Wind Chimes

For the Weekly Photo Challenge – Curves I’m looking for something outside of architecture….Why?  Because Italy is full of curved doors, curved domes, curved windows etc.

So, as I was looking out my loggia this morning, not fully satisfied with trial one…my wind chimes began to chime.  In  Italy, wind chimes are often call scaccia demoni or demon chasers…rather poetic or epic perhaps if you think about it.

glass and bambooTwo of my favorites…a glass butterfly given to me by my sister and the bamboo wind chimes my husband made for me…

glass butterflybamboo wind chimesAnother glass wind chime was given to me by my sister:

glass wind-chimesNow a detail…whilst I lay down on the couch:

Detail w.c.This little wind chime was given to me by my youngest son when he was 8 years old, it hangs in front of the door of my study and rings everytime I open it:

Dolphin wind chimeAnother gift…a mobile with dream catcher wind chime attached:

Mobile with dream catcherThanks for looking at my wind chimes…I only wish you could also hear them! Have a nice day!

Photo Challenge: Trial 1 – Padova

Photo Challenge-Curves it is said that in nature there are no straight lines. Today’s challenge is to photograph curves.

Il CanaleThis is a large “canal” that runs through Padova (Actually the Brent River but everyone calls it the canal, don’t know why).

Ponte RomanaI raise the camer just a bit and there is the Ponte Romana!

Tana del LupoloI passed a few hours, guest at the History Faculty’s Library…but before I arrived there, we stopped off at the Tana del Lupolo in fronto of the faculty for our morning coffee. I was fascinated with the roofing of the “porticato”, covered walkways which are abundant in Padova!


I’ll just start here this morning…and hope you have a nice day!

Photography: Roman Bath in Riva Del Garda (TN) Italy

Today I was chatting with OM over at Harsh Reality and he told me he’s a history buff.  Since he can’t just pop over to Italy, I said “I’ll post some photos of a recent archeological site found in Riva Del Garda.” So here they are!

Recently, a new underground garage was being built in Riva Del Garda. As often happens in Italy, the work had to be stopped, some bit of ancient history had come to light!  These are the Roman Baths recently discovered and are now being worked on.  They are smack dab in the center of town, outside the medieval walls.Roman Bath

Roman Bath_2

Roman bath_3Roman Bath_detailOh and they built the underground garage too.  Now they have a fancy name: Parcheggio delle Terme Romano…what else!

Have a lovely day folks, until next time!

Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting Trail Three: Flag Throwers in Padova, Italy

Weekly Photo Challenge – Fleeting

Flag throwing is a suggestive art.  Flag bearers, marching to the beat of drums, through town along  with their corporation or city bearing their colors and eventually twirling and throwing them into the air.

Drummersflag throwers

As the drums beat

the flag throwers

twirl their colors

then launch them

into the air

and for

a fleeting moment

they flutter

then return

to their masters.

flagsflag playsbandieratori

Have a great week!